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Arrive at Venice Airport and transfer to your hotel in the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the heart of the Dolomites. You will meet your guide and the rest of your group and there will be a pre-trek briefing.
In the early afternoon we take a local bus to Pocol (6km) and our journey through the Dolomites begins. From Pocol a gently rising path takes up through a beautiful forest and as we gain height the views become increasingly impressive. We can look over the valley of Cortina and see the jagged teeth of Croda del Lago. In the early evening we will reach the Dibona Refuge where we will be staying the night.
From the Dibona refuge this morning, our track climbs gently up to the foot of Tofana di Rozes. The Tofane Massif is made up of three peaks, Tofana di Dentro in the north, Tofana di Rozes in the south and Tofana di Mezzo is the highest point in the middle. We circle around vertical cliffs nearly 1000m high to reach the Travenanzes Pass. In the afternoon we leave the Veneto region and pass into Trentino Alto Adige, as we follow the Alta Via 1 trail to reach the Scotoni Refuge where we will spend the night.
We continue along the Alta Via 1 trail and discover the magnificent plateau of Fanes, surrounded by steep walls of limestone. We are now passing through the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, an incredible landscape of steep mountains and bolder fields. Tonight we will stay in one of three refuges along this section of our route.
Today we will reach the superb Senes mountain pasture and enjoy wide open views throughout the day. Our path leads up into a desert of moraine and boulders as we approach the Biella Refuge. Depending on our arrival time there may be a chance to climb to the summit of Croda del Becco (2810m) for more outstanding views. Luggage transfer is not possible today so we will need to carry our toiletries and a change of clothes in our daypacks. Our luggage will be waiting for us at our next refuge tomorrow.
The alpine pasture of Prato Piazza sits at an elevation of 2000m inbetween the peaks of Picco di Vallandro and Croda Rossa. The panoramic views from here must be seen to be believed! This is certainly one of the most beautiful days of our trek. We follow narrow balcony paths through an ever changing landscape, sometimes barren and vertiginous, sometimes soft and green. Our luggage will be waiting for us at our refuge at the end of the day.
Thus morning we leave the high pastures of Pratopiazza and the atmosphere gradually changes as we descend into evergreen forests. Eventually reaching a main road, we cross and begin climbing again up into the Tre Cima Natural Park. The natural park is famous worldwide for the three gigantic peaks that give the park its name. Tonight we will stay in the Locatelli Refuge facing these peaks and witness how the light of the sunset seems to change the colour of the rock from pink to yellow, orange and red.
Luggage transfer is not possible today so we will be carrying everything we need for an overnight stay.
On our final day of exploration in the Dolomites we head to the most iconic and mythical peaks in the region. The amazing Tre Cima di Lavaredo. These three giant monoliths have been enticing trekkers and rock climbers for over 100 years and it is easy to see why. Cima Grande, the highest point at 2999m is flanked by Cima Ovest on one side and Cima Piccola on the other. The main peak was first climbed in 1869 but it was not until 1933 that the mighty north face of Cima Grande was first scaled by Emilio Comici. This is still considered by modern mountaineers to be one of the great north faces of the Alps.
Today we will complete a circuit of the three peaks before returning to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the afternoon by private minibus.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight.
details in this programme are regularly updated but unforeseeable and
unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the
adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational
conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we
reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your
technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger
to yourself or to those around you. Under no circumstances would this give rise
to a refund or compensation.
This adventure is of moderate difficulty.
The terrain can be steep and rocky and you will be hiking for 6 days
consecutively. In some months the
weather can be very hot which adds to the difficulty of
the hiking. The maximum ascent in a single day is 1000m and maximum descent 900m. You should be in good physical condition
with recent experience of hiking for several days in row in a mountainous environment on steep terrain. To ask about your suitability for this trip and
what you can do to prepare please feel free to give us a call.
adventure in the Dolomite is full board. Italian gastronomy is one of the richest and tastiest in the world and we are confident you will love the meals
we provide. A
continental style breakfast is served at your refuge each morning. There will be a range of pastries, cheeses,
cold meats and fruit along with plenty of tea and coffee. Each
day your guide will prepare a picnic lunch for you to carry in your
daypack. Our lunches are all made with
fresh local produce and will include fruit, vegetables, cold meats, cheese and
lovely fresh bread. Evening
meals will be taken at your refuge. There will be a range of starters, main
courses and desserts for you to choose from.
you have special dietary requirements please inform us as soon as possible
after booking your trip. We will work
with you to ensure your needs are met.
On this trek we will be staying in mountain huts each night. Accommodation will be in dormitories of between 4 and
12 people with shared bathroom facilities. All bedding is provided.
On the first and last nights in Cortina
d’Ampezzo, we will stay in a 3 star hotel. Rooms will be either double or twin
bathroom. The hotel has a bar and restaurant and free WiFi is
available in public areas.
We advise you to bring a 30-40 litre day
sack to carry with you each day containing your lunch, water, spare clothing
and camera etc. A larger 60-80 litre duffel bag for the bulk of your luggage
will be stored in our luggage transfer vehicle.
The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR).
For the latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com
It is possible to withdraw cash from ATMs
but please be mindful of any charges from your bank. Credit cards are widely
accepted in the towns but not in remote areas. Please budget for drinks,
souvenirs and any meals not included in your trip.
Although the custom is practiced here, it
is not expected. If you are satisfied with the services of your guide and local
team, tipping is always appreciated. It
is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.
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